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Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back

Former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. opened up the door to a ring return this past Saturday night, when during a Showtime televised interview he admitted to be involved in discussions with Showtime/CBS for a potential comeback with a "nine-figure" payday. 

"If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight and a nine-figure payday," Mayweather said.

Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said he is among the minority in boxing who believe Mayweather won't come back. But Espinoza said he also believes a second fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao would do well.

"All of us here would love to see that fight again -- or any other fight with Mayweather," Espinoza said to Fox Sports.

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Speculation of a Mayweather comeback was further fueled when the boxer's company recently trademarked several terms like "TBE 50" and "TMT 50" - which both point to a 50th fight. Mayweather retired last September, at 49-0, after beating Andre Berto.

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum believes the biggest money fight for Mayweather is still a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, who himself retired last May. That fight sold 4.6 million pay-per-views and generated over half a billion in revenue.

"Obviously, he's coming back," Arum said of Mayweather. "And I can't see him making the kind of money he's talking about with anybody other than Manny."

"If they fight anybody else, there's going to be that hangover. If they fight each other, people will be attracted to the fight. It won't do what the last fight did, but it might do 50 percent of the last fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Manic Shot on 05-03-2016

There's only two fight for Floyd to choose from. Garcia - easy fight and championship belt or Manny - needs more hugging but more money OR fight Garcia Sept 2016 and Manny next May 2017

Comment by WesternChamp on 05-03-2016

[QUOTE=The tucker;16667305]I don't think mayweather will retire undefeated. As long as he got that 0 people will keep giving Floyd crazy paydays that he can't resist to turn down. But number 50 should be it for him he already got…

Comment by yoshik on 05-03-2016

The word retirement is used way too loosely. Fraud fought exactly one year ago. His typical layoff time. HE NEVER RETIRED. So when he does saddle up again it is not coming out of retirement. He is such a needy…

Comment by megas30 on 05-03-2016

[QUOTE=Kilrain;16667871]But the winner of Khanelo has to fight Golovkin or be stripped. 100%.[/QUOTE] Floyd fighting for the WBC middleweight strap? WBC would be licking their chaps. No way WBC is stripping that belt from anyone.

Comment by JoeMan on 05-03-2016

He's coming to rip off fans again with his boring running clinching style.

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